Overcoming those dreary winter blues


The season is changing and the snow is falling around Missouri Western campus. Everyone is going to class and getting their work done, and even though everyone seems to be feeling good and having fun, some students are not so lucky.

Those who are not lucky have been feeling bad. They have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).Seasonal Affective Disorder is not a common disorder, but there was one student found willing to talk about how it has changed her everyday life.

Sophomore Cassandra Pyburn has been dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder for three years now. It has not made living easy, but she is getting through classes and still having fun.
“SAD does not have to control the life of the student, the student must take control of the disorder,” Pyburn said.

Pyburn has had to help her mom with a lot of the house hold chores and being a third parent for her brother and sister. She has been working hard to set a good example for her siblings.

The treatment in which Pyburn has taken is a prescription for depression, but she has found other ways to make her feel better also.

“ I found that the more I am with my friends, knitting and reading, it does not affect my life as much as it would if I was less active,” Pyburn said.

Treatment is not just taking a prescription that a doctor would prescribe for the patient. Seasonal Affective Disorder is not uncommon. Most people just don’t want to come forward and talk about it. Bobby Page, Missouri Western student, thinks many people probably don’t really know what SAD is.

He said has heard of SAD, but other than knowing that it is a type of depression he did not know anything about it.

Lab Technician from Bethany, Mo. Lora Girasch explained that Seasonal Affective Disorder is a deprivation of sunlight. The cure would be to be outside more often not be isolated. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type, of depression, but it manly messes with a person’s sleeping habits.

Also, for those who do not know, Seasonal Affective Disorder is not just a winter-time disorder. It has been common for those who live in the less sunny areas to have summer SAD. It is the complete opposite effect of winter SAD. When a person gets too much sun they become sad or depressed. The most common is winter Seasonal Affective Disorder, Girasch noted.

“The easiest thing to do at these times of the year it to take a vacation and get to the place you need to be whether it must be a sunny or cloudy place,” Girasch said.

Pyburn does not let SAD take control of her life. She is working hard and keeping busy. Being involved with Sigma Alpha Iota, band and Resident Council has help keep Pyburn busy. The doctor’s orders are to stay involved and keep busy. The more active a person is, the less Seasonal Affective Disorder effects the way in which the person lives his or her life.

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